By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger insists that Thierry Henry will not tarnish his legacy at Arsenal if he returns for a two-month loan spell.

The manager expects to complete a deal for the 34-year-old soon, and dismissed fears that the striker may be putting his reputation on the line.

"You can never take away from people what they have done, that will remain forever. Nobody expects him to be what he was 10 years ago, we just want him to help out," Wenger said.

"I think it is just credit to him to want to be helpful to a club that has given him so much. Therefore I feel there is no special pressure to be the player he was before."

Wenger said the potential return of Henry once again shows the special bond former players have with the Club.

“I believe our fans are happy that players who have done well for the club want to help out again. That is very positive," he said.

"We had that before and it shows that Arsenal have a special link with our players because we had Sol Campbell and Jens Lehmann who helped out for a while and did very well. Now we have Thierry. It is a continuity of the special link with our former players.

"The players are all happy that Thierry is coming back, too. You can always learn in life from people who have the knowledge he has. That was one of the reasons why we brought Jens Lehmann and Sol Campbell back. They have a weight in the dressing room."

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30 Dec 2011